Honoring America’s Veterans
By Carrie A. Mizell
The community stepped out last week to honor the heroes who fought to keep the United States of America free.
Stories and photographs covering the local celebrations fill the pages of this week’s Gilchrist County Journal, in what the Journal staff consider a fitting tribute to the many men and women who served this country.
Veterans attended a Salute to Veterans program at Bell High School on Tuesday evening. The culmination of hours of hard work by the Bell High School JROTC and the Purple Powerhouse Marching Band were on display as the school paid tribute to local heroes.
The Gilchrist County Woman’s Club held a “Salute to our Veterans” breakfast at the clubhouse on Thursday morning. All veterans and active members of the armed forces were served a free breakfast.
Gilchrist County’s AARP members waved flags in the Veterans Day parade
as it traveled down Main Street in Trenton on November 11.
Haven Hospice honored veterans with a free breakfast, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Veterans Day. The breakfast was held in Chiefland.
Trenton Elementary School, Trenton High School and Bell Elementary School held Veterans Day celebrations, honoring all those who served.
At 10 a.m. a Veterans Day Parade traveled down Main Street in Trenton. The parade featured a number of local veterans, elected officials, floats, horses and high school marching bands from Trenton and Bell.
After the parade, a hamburger and hot dog luncheon, sponsored by the Gilchrist County Historical Society, was held in honor of the veterans at the Trenton Depot. The Philman Family Band and Trenton High School Marching Band performed while the veterans ate lunch.